The Real SOPA Opera Should Be ID Theft

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The Real SOPA Opera Should Be ID Theft

The Real SOPA Opera Should Be ID Theft

The Stop Online Piracy Act, and its sister legislation in the Senate, the Protect Intellectual Property Act caused quite a stir in Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Washington. The two bills were intended to put a hard stop on theft of intellectual property on the Internet, by means that are controversial in terms of the First… Read More

The S&P and the EU: Timing Is Everything

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The S&P and the EU: Timing Is Everything

The S&P and the EU: Timing Is Everything

In keeping with a tradition firmly established in the 20th century, Europe suffered a late-night bombing raid on Friday evening. This time the attacker was Standard & Poor’s, everybody’s favorite rating agency, which announced well after the markets closed in New York it was downgrading the debt of no fewer than nine European countries. France… Read More

Romney, It’s an Inauguration, not a Coronation

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Romney, It’s an Inauguration, not a Coronation

Romney, It’s an Inauguration, not a Coronation

Can’t you just feel the temperature rising? Feel the rush of adrenalin as the political gladiators enter the arena and begin to slash each other to pieces. Doesn’t it feel a bit like Spartacus, but with suits replacing loincloths? (Think blood-stained Starz Sparacus, not the more refined Kirk Douglas one.) The GOP presidential primary campaign… Read More

Is Obama’s Cordray Appointment Unprecedented? Not by a Longshot.

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Is Obama’s Cordray Appointment Unprecedented? Not by a Longshot.

Is Obama’s Cordray Appointment Unprecedented? Not by a Longshot.

President Obama “manned up” Wednesday, exercised his executive authority and announced the recess appointment of Richard Cordray as the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—ending months of partisan bickering and obstructionism by 45 Republican Senators and their patrons in the financial services industry. I read the comments of GOP leaders in the House and… Read More

The Most DisCREDITed Ideas of 2011

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The Most DisCREDITed Ideas of 2011

The Most DisCREDITed Ideas of 2011

Welcome to the first annual “Most disCredited Awards.” In a bad-economy year full of silly laws, mortgage miseries, political gaffes, Hatfield-McCoy feuding, credit downgrades, mysteriously rising prices, fee gouging of every description, and art-project political campaigns—whew(!)—I thought you might like a guide to help you to weed out the ridiculous from the truly tragic. So… Read More

Fannie, Freddie, the Feds & Freud… FUBAR

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Fannie, Freddie, the Feds & Freud… FUBAR

Fannie, Freddie, the Feds & Freud… FUBAR

As a citizen, a voter, and a consumer, what do you think this country needs? Less partisanship in Congress? Less Congress? Easier credit? Lower taxes? Higher taxes? There are about 307 million Americans and given the state of the American economy, perhaps there are as many answers to that question. Here’s my take: We need… Read More

Who’s Killing the CFPB? We Are.

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Who’s Killing the CFPB? We Are.

Who’s Killing the CFPB? We Are.

The Honorable Richard Shelby, Mitch McConnell and—to quote Spiro Agnew, “those nattering nabobs of negativism” (by which I mean the 43 Senators who always say “never”)—sure had their turkey shoot last week. The innocent bystander was Richard Cordray, the President’s nominee for Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The targets were Barack Obama and… Read More

Chestnuts, Jack Frost and Wall Street’s Spring Bonuses

Personal Finance

Chestnuts, Jack Frost and Wall Street’s Spring Bonuses

Chestnuts, Jack Frost and Wall Street’s Spring Bonuses

As we ring out what has been a pretty lousy year for most of us, Wall Streeters are all aglow—thoughts turning to sugar-plum fairies dancing in their brains, bearing bundles of spring bonuses—while stepping around agitated demonstrators who Occupy but a tiny part of their head space. While Wall Street bonuses may be down somewhat… Read More

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